The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones
Today is bitterly cold and it is supposed to be colder tomorrow. I don’t do this cold well, because it is a damp cold. It gets into your bones and never really leaves. So I am holed up in the house, drinking hot tea, hoping that my feet un-thaw. I am already dreaming of spring.
Let me tell you a bit about the farm. We are tree farmers. What is that? We grow trees.
Tree farming is the process of planting a large number of saplings and waiting for them to grow into trees. These trees are then harvested for wood and more saplings, which can be used to grow another generation of trees. This can be repeated indefinitely, yielding a regular supply of logs without the hassle of covering large areas of terrain, therefore making wood a renewable resource. A secondary benefit of tree farming is that it allows conservation of the surrounding environment.
We grow pine trees, which we allow to grow ;for 10 to 15 years before we start the first harvest. This harvest takes out every .5th row of trees and they are sent for pulp wood. 5 years later, we do the second harvest which takes out every other row. Then five years later we do a clear cut which takes all the trees out. After that it is planting time again. and the cycle repeats itself. We are waiting for the second harvest in two years.
There is fertilizing to do and keeping the trash trees from growing, ( sweet gums and Chinese tallow) and mowing between the rows and removing trees that have died either due to lightening, or pine tree beetles. Those trees we burn, in hopes to keep the disease from spreading. We also have an area that is homestead hardwoods. That means that the trees found there are original to the state of Florida, and may be some of the only ones left. We really don’t do much in that area, except to remove trees that have fallen on the fence.
Well, that’s all the news from the south,
Happy” farming” to all the farm girl sisters out there.
See you down on the farm.